Saturday 25 February 2017

BTD and Humpback

Highlight of a brief pre-football sea-watch, from the raised beach huts, was a winter-plumaged Black-throated Diver that flew past relatively close. It gained height and powered in to the bay towards the Warren. Black-throats are surprisingly scarce in or off Exmouth. I didn't see a single one last year. Others stuff noted included a Great Northern Diver, c50+ Kittiwakes, several Gannets, 5 Fulmar, 7+ Common Gull, c100+ Black-headed Gull, 14 Common Scoter, c20+ Brent Geese and several hundred auks past.
After the football and a bit of lunch I drove Lu and the kids down to Slapton to see the Humpback Whale. It was on show on arrival, off the central carpark. A fantastic sight and an exciting experience for the kids which made it all the more worthwhile. Glad we made the effort.

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